Now snazzily entitled the Capital One Cup…
Starting the season against Rotherham? Is it the 1990s again, and was the past decade-and-a-bit of success all a dream?
Happily not – someone somewhere has just decided that starting the season with its least important game, the First Round of the League Cup, is a good idea. Therefore, 2012/13 will begin with the visit of Fourth Division Rotherham United at the Circle on Tuesday 14th August, four days before the proper stuff begins.
We haven’t met the Millers since 1999/2000, when we played four times – twice in the League Cup, with a 3-0 aggregate win for City preceding 0-0 and 0-3 scorelines in the League. In the 92 years since this fixture was first played, we’ve actually lost to Rotherham more times than we’ve won.
It’ll be interesting to see what sort of crowd the fixture attracts, it being both the season’s opener and Steve Bruce’s first game in charge. It’ll also be interesting to see how the new City manager approaches the game – all out for a win that our strongest XI would surely manage against opposition two divisions down, or sending out the stiffs and risking his first game being an embarrassment at home to a team from the basement?